*I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)
Author: Amy Spalding
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream. But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s. I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys. At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell. And before Alex Powell betrayed me. I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I’m not going down without a fight.
If you’re in the mood for a light, fun, silly read for the spring, then this is the title for you.The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) is the story of the type-A personality, Jules McCallister-Morgan, editor of the paper and destined for Brown. She’s driven and high-achieving, but her year is derailed by the appearance of the somewhat famous, and super cute boy, Alex Powell. This story is full of typical high school drama and boys. It’s not a story of much substance, and it encapsulates the typical teenage students you’d expect.
I gave this book two stars on Goodreads because I always love to be startled and surprised by a YA novel. There are so many YA stories these days, it’s hard for a book to stand out. I am always looking for a strong and vivacious protagonist, a thrilling story line. Spalding’s book didn’t surprise me. It’s a decent story, but it doesn’t “wow.” It’s light and enjoyable. It’s quick and easy and a nice read that isn’t too strenuous.